ICYMI. Josh Brown's Story on the rumour Logan Stanley is coming to Kitchener.
Stanley to Rangers rumours heating up
Waterloo Region Record | 12 hours ago
The rumour mill has Waterloo native Logan Stanley playing in a Rangers uniform next season.
KITCHENER — There were whispers a couple of months back.
But rumours that hulking Waterloo native Logan Stanley is en route to the Aud are gaining steam.
Sources say that Kitchener and Windsor have an understanding that the six-foot-seven, 231-pound Spitfires defenceman will swap sweaters for a pair of second-round draft picks at some point after the Memorial Cup ends.
But that's news to Rangers general manager Mike McKenzie.
"I haven't heard anything," he said.
Stanley is one of the most imposing players in the Ontario Hockey League and would be a giant addition to Kitchener's blue-line.
The Rangers and Spitfires have history.
The teams made a major trade just before the league's deadline in early January, when Kitchener sent star winger Jeremy Bracco and two draft picks to the Spits for defenceman Andrew Burns, forward Cole Carter and three second-round selections.
To some observers the Rangers' return seemed a tad light.
Stanley is currently on the sidelines after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, which puts his presence in next month's Memorial Cup in jeopardy. Ironically, he suffered the setback in a 4-3 shootout loss to Kitchener at the Aud on Jan. 17.
The Spitfires were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs after losing to the London Knights in seven games, but get an automatic berth into the Memorial Cup as hosts. It runs May 18-28 at the WFCU Centre.
"We got the guys from Windsor that we got," said McKenzie. "That's (acquiring Stanley) not something that has ever come up. He can (come to Kitchener) if he wants, because he's not a bad player, but it's nothing we've heard."
Stanley was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round (18th overall) in last year's NHL draft, which probably makes next season his final one at the junior level. The 18-year-old has a no-trade clause with the Spits, which requires him, his parents and agent Rob Hooper to sign off on any deal.
"Never say never, but certainly I have not been made aware of it (a trade)," said Hooper.
Windsor could be a seller in the off-season in a bid to rebuild, after loading up with talent for a run this year. The league is currently under a trade freeze and teams can't make deals until June 1.
"I think they (Spitfires) have to pivot to a rebuild," said Hooper. "I was looking at the draft grid and I know they're not laden with a lot of picks in rounds two through five, so I think at some point in time they are going to have to trade some pieces to get some picks back, so they can rebuild."
Kitchener could use a veteran boost in the back end, with overage defencemen Frank Hora and Dylan Di Perna graduating from the league.
Despite their departure, the Rangers still have several options on the blue-line: Andrew Burns, Doug Blaisdell, Connor Hall, Giovanni Vallati, Elijah Roberts, Kyle Gentles and Alex Peterson. The team also selected defenceman Grayson Ladd with its first pick in Saturday's OHL draft.
Stanley would add instant leadership, size and grit, which are qualities the Rangers covet.
The former Waterloo Wolves player had four goals and 13 assists in 35 games this past season for the Spitfires, before injuring his firstname.lastname@example.org